The high serum concentrations of TNF-a characterize acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD), for which infliximab treatment may be beneficial. In 28 pediatric patients, four doses of 10 mg/kg infliximab every seven days were administered after steroid failure (Standard Group, n = 14) or as a first-line therapy (Early Group, n = 14). Population pharmacokinetic analyses and evaluation of serum cytokines were performed. After two months of treatment, complete response in gastrointestinal and liver aGVHD was achieved in 43% and 100% of patients in the Standard and Early groups, respectively. During follow-up, four patients in the Standard Group (but none in the Early Group) experienced an aGVHD recurrence. Viral infections occurred more frequently in the Standard Group after the fifth dose. Infliximab clearance did not differ between groups or according to treatment outcome for each organ involved in aGVHD, whereas serum levels of cytokines significantly differed. Therefore, present findings show that use of first-line, TDM-driven infliximab to treat aGVHD in children may result in better clinical outcomes and tolerability, with a different pattern of cytokines generated according to the moment of beginning of treatment.

Advantage of First-Line Therapeutic Drug Monitoring-Driven Use of Infliximab for Treating Acute Intestinal and Liver GVHD in Children: A Prospective, Single-Center Study

Marcuzzi, Annalisa
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Rimondi, Erika
Writing – Review & Editing
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2023

Abstract

The high serum concentrations of TNF-a characterize acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD), for which infliximab treatment may be beneficial. In 28 pediatric patients, four doses of 10 mg/kg infliximab every seven days were administered after steroid failure (Standard Group, n = 14) or as a first-line therapy (Early Group, n = 14). Population pharmacokinetic analyses and evaluation of serum cytokines were performed. After two months of treatment, complete response in gastrointestinal and liver aGVHD was achieved in 43% and 100% of patients in the Standard and Early groups, respectively. During follow-up, four patients in the Standard Group (but none in the Early Group) experienced an aGVHD recurrence. Viral infections occurred more frequently in the Standard Group after the fifth dose. Infliximab clearance did not differ between groups or according to treatment outcome for each organ involved in aGVHD, whereas serum levels of cytokines significantly differed. Therefore, present findings show that use of first-line, TDM-driven infliximab to treat aGVHD in children may result in better clinical outcomes and tolerability, with a different pattern of cytokines generated according to the moment of beginning of treatment.
2023
Maximova, Natalia; Nisticò, Daniela; Riccio, Guglielmo; Maestro, Alessandra; Barbi, Egidio; Faganel Kotnik, Barbara; Marcuzzi, Annalisa; Rimondi, Erika; Di Paolo, Antonello
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